Massimo Luciani

Binti Omnibus by Nnedi Okorafor

The novella “Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor was published for the first time in 2015. It’s the first work in the Binti series. It won the Hugo, Nebula, and Nommo awards as the best novella of the year.

Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu ​​Kaipka of Namib is only 16 when she decides to go to Oomza University. For her, this means running away from home because the Himba are very attached to their land, and everyone in Binti’s family assumes she won’t go. After the initial tension, traveling to another planet seems like a great adventure to Binti, at least until the Meduse board the starship and kill the other passengers. Binti’s amulet seems for some reason capable of killing the Meduse and allows her to communicate with them.

Electric vehicle maker Tesla has provided the periodic update to shareholders which reveals revenues of $272 million from the sale of part of the Bitcoins purchased in early February for a profit of approximately $102 million. Elon Musk repeatedly showed he believes in cryptocurrencies, and at the end of March announced the possibility of buying a Tesla car by paying in Bitcoin. Musk also owns Bitcoin in his personal assets and promoted Dogecoin several times as well.

The Paratwa by Christopher Hinz (Italian edition)

The novel “The Paratwa” by Christopher Hinz was published for the first time in 1991. It’s the third book of the Paratwa series and follows “Ash Ock”.

On the colonies orbiting the Earth, already struck by the attacks of the Paratwa, the magnitude of the threat by those enemies that seemed eliminated becomes increasingly clear. The technologies available to the Paratwa seem so superior that they leave no hope.

Gillian continues to be upset by his inner conflict and arrives on Earth hoping to find some answers after receiving a message that only he can understand. When he meets Susan, he recognizes her because her disappearance is a high-profile case, but who is the mysterious man with her?

The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett

The novel “The Silent Stars Go By” by Dan Abnett was published for the first time in 2011.

The Eleventh Doctor promised Amy, and Rory to take them home for Christmas but mistakenly takes the Tardis to another planet, where the travelers find a great cold and a lot of snow. The Doctor and Amy venture into the area while Rory returns to the Tardis to get a heavier coat to wear.

The Doctor and Amy come across some inhabitants of the planet, who welcome them with puzzlement. The Doctor tries to use his psychic paper, but when it’s read even by an illiterate inhabitant, the others think that it’s some kind of conjure. Once out of the Tardis, Rory searches for his travel companions, but spots menacing creatures and flees. He runs into human natives in search of a missing local woman, but before he can try to explain that he doesn’t know anything, the group is attacked by the creatures.

Excavation in the Galería de las Estatuas cave site (Photo courtesy Javier Trueba - Madrid Scientific Films. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Science” reports the extraction of nuclear DNA belonging to Neanderthals from sediments excavated in deposits in northern Spain and Siberia. A team of researchers led by Benjamin Vernot of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, used techniques to extract DNA from sediments developed over the past few years. At the Spanish site, this made it possible to discover DNA linked to different Neanderthal populations with one population being replaced by another about 100,000 years ago.